Mon, March 30

City cuts back to ease shortfall

Cottonwood city departments are actively working to cut back their current budgets to meet the demands of declining revenues. The sluggish economy this year has left the city about 8-percent short of meeting its budget projections.

Nearly $1 million of planned projects in the current fiscal year budget have been delayed for various city departments.

Finance Director "Rudy" Rodriguez says the council also has agreed to shift to the general fund money set aside in reserve from the Wastewater Department's sales tax receipts in the coming fiscal year.

The budget savings are highlighted item on the front-page of the city's web site

Rodriguez says he did not establish an across-the-board cutback target for the departments. "Our departments have always been pretty tight and, with a specific target, it would mean eliminating some staff members."

Rodriguez says the goal has been "in the upcoming year to protect staff and adjust staffing patterns. We will push back capital projects to later years. Cars and buildings will be delayed a year or two."

Projects have been put off until FY 09 and FY 10.

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